My father in NH for 1 year now with dementia/Alzheimer's, he is 92 and he was put on Aricept in August 2014. however I feel that the dementia has increased as he is sleeping more (trying to get Dr. to switch some things around so he can stay awake more during day) and they are now needing to feed him rather than him doing it himself, he is never in the present when we do talk to him, and has lost some weight because you can't feed someone who is sleeping. So I discussed with nurse on duty to contact the doctor and to see if the Aricept can be removed from his pill taking. No need to take a pill that is no longer doing anything. Has anyone had a loved one taken off the Aricept and how things went for them? I know it is only given to help slow down the progression of the disease but my dad has been dealing with this for some time now.